POSTPONED: Finding Solace in Survival – an opportunity to hear Terry Waite CBE, Judith Tebbutt and John McCarthy CBE in conversation at the Old Bailey
Against the backdrop of the coronavirus Hostage International is disappointed to announce that it must again postpone its unique event at the Old Bailey, with the aim of moving it to Spring 2021.
The ‘Finding Solace in Survival’ event bringing together former hostages Terry Waite CBE, Judith Tebbutt, and John McCarthy CBE in conversation was initially postponed to Wednesday 2 September, but needs to be delayed again.
Lara Symons, Director of Hostage International, said: “We are incredibly disappointed that we are unable to stage this event this year, but it is just not possible given the ongoing restrictions and risks relating to Covid-19.
“We will keep a close eye on the situation and hope to hold the event next year, still in the spectacular venue at the Old Bailey, to hear these former hostages sharing their experiences of time in captivity and adjusting to life back home.
“The trauma of a kidnap, not only for those taken hostage, but also for their families and loved ones, is unimaginable to most of us and we are keenly aware that talking about such experiences isn’t easy.
“We are grateful to Terry, Judith and John for their patience in their offer of this unique opportunity to hear their different perspectives.”
Finding Solace in Survival
Terry Waite CBE represents the view of a humanitarian, as someone who for many years sought, through negotiation, to support the needs and wellbeing of hostages. He was kidnapped in Lebanon in January 1987 and held hostage for 1,763 days.
Following his release Terry was approached by many hostage families requesting help. This led to the formation of the charity in 2004 to offer support and guidance to families and friends of those taken captive.
He said: “Whenever someone is taken hostage we are concerned about their safety and wellbeing. However, the family at home also faces considerable difficulties. They may have been requested to keep quiet about the kidnapping. They may face acute financial problems. Whatever it may be, not a day will pass when they will not feel anxiety.”
Judith Tebbutt, is on the Board of Hostage International, and was formerly a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. She highlights the risks tourists may face when simply being ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’. Having gone on holiday for a break from her demanding job, she was staying in a beach hotel off Kenya’s northern coast when she was torn from her husband by Somali pirates and held captive for six months.
She explains: “I’m looking forward to helping highlight the good work the charity has provided to former hostages and their families.
“I wish I had known about the charity after I was kidnapped and my husband murdered by Somali pirates when on, what we had hoped would be, a holiday of a lifetime.
“My situation is vastly different from Terry’s and John’s, but I’m honoured to share a stage with them to discuss the challenges hostages face, while raising funds for Hostage International.”
John McCarthy CBE brings the perspective of a journalist, writer and broadcaster, who was kidnapped in Lebanon in 1986 and held for more than five years. For a small period of time he was held with Terry, who had gone to Beirut to negotiate John’s release.
John said: “We were all very lucky to survive captivity and to pick up with our lives. It’s not an easy process and the help Hostage International offers other returning hostages is so valuable. Of course, a key part of that homecoming is reconnecting with family and friends.”
He added: “I remember seeing a video of my mother early on in my captivity and realising that her life and those of all my loved ones were ‘on hold’ too while I was away.
“It’s wonderful that, as well as helping returning hostages, Hostage International also reaches out to support people back home, both during and after the time of separation.”
Terry added: “We are not particularly well known by the general public, as most of our work remains totally confidential, but we need funds to enable Hostage International to continue its work in providing free practical and emotional support to those in need of our expert help.”
Thank you to our sponsors
Thank you to our event sponsors including: Garratts Solicitors, Henry C Hoare Charitable Trust, International Security Management Association (ISMA)
We are also pleased to acknowledge the support for this event from the Sheriffs of the City of London – Alderman & Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli, Sheriff Christopher Hayward CC.
DATE CHANGE AND REFUNDS:
We are very disappointed to announce that this event has had to be postponed and will be in touch with ticket holders as soon as possible with a new date in Spring 2021. However, we understand it is a difficult time for many so if you would rather not wait for the new Finding Solace in Survival date to be released, please claim your refund by emailing [email protected]